Synonyms: Bacidia indigens (Vain.) Zahlbr.; Bacidia viridescens auct. non (A. Massal.) Th. Fr.; Scoliciosporum viridescens auct. non (A. Massal.) Rabenh.
Description: Thallus crustose, episubstratic, grey-white, pale bluish grey or pale greeenish brown, consisting of 80-120 mm wide granules or warts. Apothecia lecideine, (0.2-)0.4-0.8 mm across, pale brown, grey or black, with a flat to convex disc and an initially distinct, often finally excluded proper margin. Proper exciple paraplectenchymatous, purple-brown in outer and upper parts, K+ intensifying purple, sometimes with a greenish tinge in upper parts, more or less colourless within; epithecium olivaceous green, sometimes brownish in old apothecia, K-; hymenium colourless, 30-55 μm high; paraphyses simple or sparingly branched in upper part, 1.5-2 μm thick at mid-level, the apical cells up to 5 μm wide; hypothecium colourless or pale yellowish brown, K-. Asci 8-spored, cylindrical-clavate, approaching the Bacidia-type, but the ocular chamber wider, and the axial body never penetrating through the entire d-layer, surrounded by a narrow, darker amyloid layer. Ascospores 3-7-septate, hyaline, needle-like, 25-50(-60) x 1.5-2 μm. Pycnidia rare, immersed, the wall brown, sometimes also patchily greenish, K+ purple. Conidia filiform, curved, 15-25 x c. 1 μm. Photobiont chlorococcoid, the cells 5-12 μm in diam. Spot tests: thallus K, C-, KC-, P-, UV-. Chemistry: without lichen substances.
Note: mostly on more or less calciferous soil (mainly on bryophytes and plant debris). Never recorded from Italy, but quite widespread elsewhere in Europe, e.g. in the British Isles; to be looked for in Italy.